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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? July 2018

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events (...??) *****

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10/7/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 10 July 2018

My apologies for the delay in getting this next circular out (after two and a half weeks). Blame the weather, the garden... you name it, and add it to my list of excuses! JC

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Other stuff
Part Three - Update on Belshazzar's Feast (1/12/18) and Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (23/3/19) concerts in Harberton
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

Wednesday 18 July 2018 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
On tour from New Zealand. In conjunction with Suara Sound Academy. Following his successful concert here in 2016 , Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Although this is a seated concert, you will have room to move around, toe tapping or moving to the primal sounds, feeling the beat within your heart and Soul. The dynamic performance of music will move you to the core and get you dancing on your feet. www.carnglaze.com.

20/21 July 2018 - 12th anniversary Chagstock Festival
Various genres, line-up includes Show of Hands. www.chagstock.info.

NEW Saturday 21 July 2018 - Barn Dance with Red Shed - West Town Farm, Ide nr Exeter EX2 9TG
£10 adults; £5 children - includes food, Bar. Fireside storytelling; creativity; Music; Food from 6-8pm. Dancing from 8pm. All proceeds to organicARTS the educational charaity based at West Town Farm. Tickets: info@organicarts.org.uk, 01392 811080.

UPDATED Sunday 22 July 2018 3pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band, playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 3:00pm outside on the terrace overlooking the beach. Entrance is free. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

NEW Sunday 22 July 2018 8pm - Phil Beer - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. As well being part of Show of Hands he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.Tickets £15 adv / £17 door. Available from www.topshamfolkclub.org, all enquiries 01392 875332.

Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Tuesday 24 July 2018 7.30pm - ‘Love Said To Me’ Rumi Concert - Studio 30, Park Rd, Dartington Estate, Totnes TQ9 6EF
With storyteller and spoken word artist Ellaya Ariella Ayal Mor from Israel and devotional artist Elise Yuill Cohen from the UK. ‘Love Said To Me’ weaves the powerful poignant words of Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz into songs, sounds and silence creating an unforgettable evening that will leave a deep imprint on your heart.
Ticketing details etc: www.eliseyuillcohen.com/calendar.

Wednesday 25 July 2018 7.30pm - Hank Wangford & Brad Breath - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
If Daniel O’Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, the Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 25 July 2018 - Hat Fitz & Cara - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Aussie mountain man meets beautiful Irish Colleen. Yes, it’s all been said before, but the combination of Hat Fitz’s reconstructed Delta Blues brought to you via a battered National Steel guitar, and Cara’s inventive drumming, soulful vocals, frantic washboard and haunting Irish whistle playing, makes this pair one of the most sensational duos around. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 26 July 2018 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After a sell out 2017 gig at the Mill, we are delighted to welcome back acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine who, this year will be performing outside in our courtyard. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 27 July 2018 7pm - Mark T. - Yeo Mill, West Anstey Village Hall EX36 3NU
Mark T. has been playing his unique blend of folk, blues and roots music since the mid-eighties, solo and in the company of esoteric collaborators The Brickbats, roots rock band Rootdogs and more recently with Charles Spicer (Mellstock Band). £7.

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Jeff Lang - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. John Butler has said 'Seeing Jeff Lang was like being in church for three hours - a totally sacred event, and certainly when considering Jeff Lang's music, it's easy to run out of superlatives. Influenced in equal parts by the elemental blues of Blind Willie Johnson and Skip James, the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, and the guitar of Ry Cooder and Jimi Hendrix, the Australian Weissenborn magician explores a sonic palette as eclectic as it's stunning. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 29 July 2018 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Tim Edey , a BBC Musician of the year multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with all of the major names in Irish/Roots music including The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon to name just a few… His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius. Tickets £15 door or by email from mowglimgt@gmail.com.

Sunday 29 July 2018 7.45pm - Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
What a way to finish the season before our summer closedown! Steve and Jez are two of the country's leading songwriters and instrumentalists and they combine seamlessly to provide a fabulous array of brilliant songs and outstanding musicianship. They have rightly been described as "a fearsome combination", so be sure to reserve your seat early for what promises to be a rare treat - it will undoubtedly be busy! £12.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk. (The club is closed for the month of August.)

Tuesday 31 July 2018 7.30pm - Damien O’Kane & Ron Block - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Damien and Ron will embark on their first tour together in July and August 2018. They will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians and together will play material from their debut album, due for release July 2018, as well as a few signature pieces of their own. These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

UPDATED 3-10 August 2018 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Full programme now available to download. Sign up at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk to receive regular e-newsletters.

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/week2courses.
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
The City Musick, singers and students. Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale or wine! FREE tickets from the box office in advance.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=307799.
Sunday 5 August 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=305198.
Sunday 5 August 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=304999
Thursday 9 August 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Tickets are FREE but please book. David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306801
Thursday 9 August 10pm - Pagoda Project
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306803
Friday 10 August 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306804
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 5.30pm - Reg Meuross - Parish Church, Church Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8LG
With Anna Tanvir. This year he is raising funds for Gateway, for the homeless and those who are vulnerably housed. Mark Radcliffe described Reg as a “brilliant singer songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” writing songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide-ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written, and for this reason the church and Gateway are very excited to link up with him in this way. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/441913, £12 door, £5 for Sidmouth Folk Week pass holders. All profits to Gateway Homelessness Action Group .

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 8pm - Fred’s House - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Fred’s House, winners of the Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award 2017, are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70's West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. Maverick Magazine “Harmonies soar like a nightingale recalling the very best of Poco and CSN, but this music belongs to Fred’s House ... terrific.” Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 10 August 2018 - Richard Thompson - Princess Theatre, Torquay
One of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as 'a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.' His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. This date is part of a national tour linked to the September release of his new album 13 Rivers, which features the Electric Trio – his most thrilling and adventurous band. www.atgtickets.com/shows/richard-thompson/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW 10-12 August 2018 - 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Line-up includes: Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Friday), Melrose Quartet (Saturday), Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (Sunday), Granny’s Attic, Melrose Ceilidh Band, Cardboard Fox, Flash Jack and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus. Other artists attending will be The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills and various morris and dance teams. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102, visit www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

UPDATED Close to selling out
17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter

Line-up includes Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, 3 Daft Moneys. See www.beautifuldays.org for full details.

***** Part Two - Other stuff  *****

Exmouth Folk Club news
From Jeff Lewis: The regular club night on 17th is moving for one month to the Wings Bar, Imperial rd Exmouth, 8.30pm. The 5th Tuesday concert on 31st will not be happening this month.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
(Unfortunately this is the last monthly East Devon Gig Guide from Rachel, who says:)
"This is just to let you know that I will not be compiling and sending out any more gig guides for Exmouth. It has become increasingly difficult to get information directly from both the venues and the artists. I have really enjoyed putting it together and would like to say a special thank you to Ted (always first to reply to my email!), Martin, Alison, Geoff and others who have supported the effort and to the many music loving subscribers to the gig guide. We are very lucky to live in a place with so much wonderful live music. Long may it continue. Rachel"

Exeter Ceilidhs - Advance notice of a new ceilidh series starting in December 2018
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. They are on Saturdays between 8-11pm. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. The ceilidhs will be held at the Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE.
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).
2018/2019 line-up: Dec 1 2018 :Spinach For Norman; Jan 26 2019 :Pigs Might Fly; March 2 :Bloatertown; March 23 :Dartmoor Pixie Band; April 27 :Dumbo's Feather; May 25 :Phoenix

Session news
Okehampton: Okey Folky, The Plume of Feathers, 8 Fore St. EX20 1HB (01837 52815, www.facebook.com/Okey-Folky-2052675631681435)
Last Sunday of the month, 8pm. Open folk session/club. “Everyone is welcome, singers, dancers, musicians.”

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix (from August onwards), Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie

Sunday 26 August 2018 - Eddi Reader
Monday 3 September 2018 -
Bridget St John
Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli
Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks
Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart
Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry (workshop & concert)

Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends
Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore

Friday/Saturday 7/8 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea

***** Part Three -  Harberton Concerts Update *****

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Selling well at this early stage
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
59 of 190 tickets sold already!
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.
Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

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21/6/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 21 June 2018

Part One below - Two new Harberton Folk concerts at Harberton Parish Hall
Part Two -
A full listing to the end of July
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.
We sold out all 320 seats on the 5 occasions Aly & Phil played for us at the Ariel Centre in Totnes between 2006 and 2012. We only have 190 seats in Harberton - and 37 of those are sold already. Book early!

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Session News
This is always a good opportunity to mention that an ideal source of information about sessions across southern Devon and further afield in the county is www.flaxey-green.co.uk (which also contains a wealth of other folk information).
Churchstow - John Connor tells us that the next 'first Thursday' monthly session at the Church House Inn Churchstow will be on September 6, as they are taking a break in July and August.
Chipshop and Calstock - Mike & Tilly tell us that the
regular monthly sessions at the Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop PL19 8NT on Tuesday 26 June and at the Boot Inn, Calstock PL18 9RN on 10 July are each cancelled due to holidays just for one event. Both sessions will resume as normal after these two cancellations. www.mikeandtillymusic.co.uk.
Jurassic Folk, Seaton - A reminder that Jurassic Folk now only meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, (including August). There are still folk arriving on the 1st Wednesday, only to be disappointed. For any other information, call Adrian and Gerry on 01404 549903.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Please Re-subscribe - Thursday 7 June 2018

[version sent on 8/6/18 to remainder of 270 contacts 'cleaned' by MailChimp, inviting re-subscription]
Once again this copy of yesterday's Harberton Folk email circular is being sent directly from my laptop (not via MailChimp, nor in MailChimp format this time) to those mostly btinternet / btopenworld / yahoo / aol / sky email addresses who were removed a while back from Harberton Folk's MailChimp database due to unknown circumstances and have not yet re-subscribed.
If you wish to continue receiving the regular circulars, please re-subscribe by going to www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where you’ll find a link to a short form to complete – and you’ll be back on the list.
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Note that the e-circulars are now being sent from hfolk@johnculf.co.uk.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
At some point in the not too distant future I will no longer be able to continue sending these separate copies to you.
Best wishes
John Culf

[version sent to NON-GDPR segment on 8/6/18]
GDPR - Still time to update your preferences to continue receiving Harberton Folk Circulars - Please act now
The new GDPR data protection law came into force on May 25th.
I'm still hoping some more of the people who have not yet UPDATED THEIR PREFERENCES appropriately (see the link at the very foot of this circular) will do so to enable me to continue sending them the circulars. You will also find an 'unsubscribe' link there, should you need it.
The full list of 1350+ contacts is now effectively split into two parts, one containing the 955 contacts who have already updated, the other (to which this customised version of yesterday's circular is being sent) containing the remainder.
Alternatively, you can simply reply to this email and I can do the updates for you, if you tell me that is your wish.
New contacts can subscribe to the circulation at any time via a link provided on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

[version sent to GDPR CONSENT segment on 7/6/18]
Firstly, my thanks to the 955 contacts who have (thus far) confirmed their consent to continue receiving Harberton Folk emails. My list is now effectively divided into two parts, i.e. those who have, and those who have not (yet), re-confirmed. I'm now able to send separately to the two groups and will be sending further GDPR reminders (with the circular) to the latter group, and can assure everyone receiving this version of today's that this is the last time I will mention GDPR! Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

News coming next time about two new Harberton Folk concerts planned for December and next March. If you can't wait, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part Two - A few other advance notices *****

NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW 29 August to 15 September 2018 - War Horse - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Including Bob Fox as 'Songman'. Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Full details, bookings etc.  www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018-2/war-horse-2018.

NEW Saturday 22 September 2018 8.30pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated/standing. As Ray Laidlaw once said, ‘Lindisfarne is more than any one individual’; and though members have come and gone, Rod Clements' return maintains continuity with Lindisfarne’s beginnings and reinforces their shared commitment to keeping alive the unique legacy of one of British rock’s great bands.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With Miranda Sykes. Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album. ‘Joint Venture’ features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by special guest Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame. www.showofhands.co.uk. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018/show-of-hands.

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
details tba. www.discoverhannahs.org. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Last 3 nights of the autumn tour. With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 25 May 2018
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I know many of you will be fed up of receiving emails about
GDPR - but today May 25th is the day the new law comes into force.
To date, barely half of my 1300+ contacts have signed up for continued circulars and I am sure there are many more who wish to remain on the list but just haven't got round to taking the appropriate action yet.
Even if you don't read any more of this circular, jump to the "Update subscription preferences" link at the very foot of this email which will offer you a very short simple form to complete - your existing details will already be there (with asterisks blanking most of your email address for security) - just tick both the vacant boxes and click 'Update Profile'. You can enter a completely different email address if you wish. (You could even 'Unsubscribe'!)
I intend to send several further reminders about this in the coming days because I really want to lose as few contacts as possible from the list.

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sorry it's been so long since the last circular. GDPR stuff has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I think I'm almost there now.
GDPR Update - My Next Email will Require Action on Your Part
My next email (hopefully tomorrow) will be particularly important as it will hopefully ensure that the Harberton Folk email circulation is operating in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force with effect from 25 May 2018.
You must take action as indicated in that next email (or any subsequent reminders) if you wish to continue receiving the e-circulars, i.e. re-confirm your consent to receive Harberton Folk e-circulars.
If you do not, we will unfortunately be obliged to remove your name and email address from the circulation.
Sorry to sound rather 'technical' or officious, but this IS REALLY IMPORTANT and we don't want to lose you!
Please also note that a few changes are also being made at the same time in the hope of reducing the likelihood of these circulars being regarded as spam/junk by some email systems/providers. For example, the sending address will in future appear as hfolk@johnculf.co.uk (in case you need to 'whitelist' this address or otherwise approve it for receiving Harberton Folk e-circulars.
John

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Update on the New Data Protection Law (GDPR)
My thanks to the significant number of people who have sent comments and offered advice on this subject, following my piece last week. I'm beginning to get a good idea of what I need to do to keep the Harberton Folk email circulation 'legal' and will share this with you soon. It will require simple action on your part to enable you to continue receiving the e-circulars.

New Data Protection Law
Some of you may have heard recent mention of a new (EU) data protection law coming into effect on May 25th; some may have even heard its name: General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR'. I am still struggling to understand the possible  implications of this for my Harberton Folk email circulars and the MailChimp data base containing your details which underpins the circulars, and what I may have to do - and ask you to do - to ensure compliance with the new law and thereby allow you to continue receiving these circulars. Watch this space! JC

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
Ermington (nr. Ivybridge): Crooked Spire Inn, The Square PL21 9LP (Pub: 01548 831288). Second Friday of the month, 8.30pm. Open mic. Music and song. No more.

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
CHANGE OF DAY
Exeter: The Oddfellows, 60 New North Rd. EX4 4EP (01392 209050). Every Thursday, 9pm. Open mic. Used to be on Mondays.

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/week2courses.
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
The City Musick, singers and students. Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale or wine! FREE tickets from the box office in advance.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=307799.
Sunday 5 August 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=305198.
Sunday 5 August 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=304999
Thursday 9 August 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Tickets are FREE but please book. David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306801
Thursday 9 August 10pm - Pagoda Project
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306803
Friday 10 August 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306804
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

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Show of Hands news
Jan and I were fortunate enough to see the current Show of Hands Duo tour '"Where We’re Bound" at the splendid Beehive Arts Centre venue in Honiton last night, and a cracking show it was, great set list, much of it going back to early days - and Geoff Lakeman in excellent form in support too. Only one other chance to see this tour anywhere near us as the Exeter Barnfield gig on 18/4 is sold out:
Saturday 14 April 2018 8pm - Show of Hands - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
www.carnglaze.com.
Show of Hands Autumn 2018 Tour Dates already up on website
With Miranda Sykes and special guest percussionist Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk. In our area:
Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map) - Last three nights of the tour.

17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up includes Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, 3 Daft Moneys. See www.beautifuldays.org for full details.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Featured venue: Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
A wide variety of music - see www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events (www.brookinnplympton.co.uk)
Tel. 01752 297604 - including.
NEW Monday 23 April 2018 - An Evening with Jim Causley
What better way to mark St George's Day than an evening of traditional folk tales and music from one of Devon's best loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene; Jim Causley. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in 2017 he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the awards. We are delighted to offer an evening with Jim on St George's Day. Tickets £25 per person and include a two course meal. www.facebook.com/events/517564475294414.
NEW Friday 4 May 2018 - Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Tickets £3, available adv at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). www.facebook.com/events/1926312494365575. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.gofundme.com/littlemanfund.
NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715.

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix (from May onwards), Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Thursday 3 May 2018 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Saturday 5 May 2018 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings
Wednesday 9 May 2018 - Sam Lee: Singing with Nightingales
Saturday 30 June 2018 - Wildwood Kin
Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie
Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli
Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart
Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends

Coming up at Tavistock Wharf
Sunday 6 May 2018 7.30pm - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen
Sunday 20 May 2018 7.30pm - Lankum (formerly known as Lynched)
Saturday 22 September 2018 8.30pm - Lindisfarne

Session News
Okehampton: New folk session at the Plume of Feathers 38 Fore Street, Okehampton on the last Sunday. Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome! See 'Sessions' on www.flaxey-green.co.uk for full details

[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
NEW
Colyford (nr. Colyton): The White Hart Inn, Swan Hill Road EX24 6QF (Bob: 01297 553201; Kay: 01297 24870; info: woman.friday@yahoo.co.uk)
Tuesday 10th April, 8pm. Acoustic session. “Trad Irish and tunes mostly. Not suitable for beginners or those wanting to play from the dots, but listeners very welcome! Come and listen if you’re not sure and see if it’s your kind of thing. Acoustic trad instruments only please. Plenty of parking at the pub – easy to find, it’s just by the tram line.”
“Probably monthly if enough interest.”
CHANGE OF DAY
South Molton: The Coaching Inn, Queen Street EX36 3BJ (01769 572526)
Third Tuesday of the month, 8pm. Open acoustic event. “All types of performers at whatever level of ability are always made very welcome, as are those who only want to listen and enjoy the entertainment. There is no entrance charge.”
Used to be on the third Friday.
CHANGE OF VENUE
Kingsteignton (nr. Newton Abbot): The Ten Tors, Exeter Rd. TQ12 3NP (01626 365434; Nigel: 07989 180091)
Every Monday, except Bank Holidays, 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Acoustic open mic. All acoustic welcome. Full PA provided. £1 entry, which includes the raffle. Proceeds are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice.
Formerly at the Acoustic Warehouse..

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

UPDATED continuing through spring and into summer:
April 18/25, May 2/9/16/23, June 6/13/20/27, July 4/11
Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams. It is designed to build connections between local players, dancers and venues through increased involvement in social music-making amongst people of all generations. A series of regular workshop-style sessions led by project founders Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham will focus on traditional music and dance, practical learning through playing and participation. We have a commitment to providing quality musical experience, and believe that communities and individuals will benefit from greater artistic expression and activity. For more information see www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

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NEW Friday 15 June 2018 7.30pm - 6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Selling fast: Concert with 3 legendary guitarists. After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a wonderful, varied programme of solos, duos and trios. All pieces will be introduced by the players. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for April
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

UPDATED continuing through spring and into summer:
April 18/25, May 2/9/16/23, June 6/13/20/27, July 4/11
Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams. It is designed to build connections between local players, dancers and venues through increased involvement in social music-making amongst people of all generations. A series of regular workshop-style sessions led by project founders Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham will focus on traditional music and dance, practical learning through playing and participation. We have a commitment to providing quality musical experience, and believe that communities and individuals will benefit from greater artistic expression and activity. For more information see www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

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Coming up at The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Details in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk and full details at www.theflavel.org.uk.
Friday 23 March 2018 - The Furrow Collective (Folk at the Flavel)
Friday 20 April 2018 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman
Saturday 9 June 2018 - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen
Friday 22 June 2018 - Megson (Folk at the Flavel)
Saturday 15 September 2018 - Leveret (Folk at the Flavel)

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Steve Knightley
Thursday 8 March 2018 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
Saturday 10 March 2018 - Mad Dog Mcrea
Sunday 11 March 2018 - Sam Kelly
Monday 19 March 2018 - Juan Martin
Saturday 24 March 2018 - Police Dog Hogan
Sunday 25 March 2018 - The Young’uns
Friday 20 April 2018 - Sound Of The Sirens
Monday 23 April 2018 - The Rheingans Sisters
Sunday 29 April 2018 - Eric Bibb & Band
Thursday 3 May 2018 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Saturday 5 May 2018 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings

Otterton Mill Music 2018 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Otterton Mill has announced its new programme of music events, all on Thursdays. Full details see www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring – Upstairs in the restaurant – Tickets £15
8/3 Kent DuChaine; 5/4 Jess Klein; 19/4 Tom McConville; 3/5 Jo Harman Duo
Summer – outside courtyard – Tickets £17.50 including a glass of Mill punch
31/5 Edwina Hayes’ Mile Roses Trio; 28/6 Goat Roper Rodeo Band; 12/7 Paul Lamb & The King Snakes; 26/7 Boo Hewerdine; 9/8 Fred’s House; 23/8 Flats & Sharps
Autumn – Upstairs back in the restaurant – Tickets £15
27/9 Lisa Mills; 25/10 Rag Mama Rag

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Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Pig's Nose Music
I've only just become aware that music of various genres has been taking place again in East Prawle, the interesting venue being the hall attached to the pub. Sorry I missed reporting The Wurzels there last Saturday, but there are still tickets available for:
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Spring at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Current Spring 2018 programme includes:
Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour
Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour

11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Latest (23/11) line-up announcements for folk and country acts: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/news/latest-line-up-announcements-for-folk-and-country-acts.

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Folk music & song on Sunday evenings at Topsham Folk Club
www.topshamfolkclub.org / www.facebook.com/topshamfolkclub
2018 spring concerts at Matthews Hall:
25 February Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy; 25 March Peter Knight & John Spiers; 29 April Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston; 3 June Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage.
Singers nights at The Globe Hotel Malthouse Sundays from 8pm.
Concert tickets can be bought online at www.topshamfolkclub.org, also on singers’ nights or at concerts. All enquiries 01392 875332.
Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse.
Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate on the weekend 5/6 May 2018. Details tba.

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Session News
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
New addition:
Dousland (nr. Yelverton): The Burrator Inn, Princetown Road PL20 6NP (01822 853121)
Every last Thursday of the month, 8pm. Open mic with Adam.

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'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

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The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.
NB
Change of venue: This gig were originally scheduled to take place at Unit 23 Live in Totnes.
NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine
We are very excited to welcome a big favourite: Boo Hewerdine, acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter returns to Totnes with new album “Swimming in Mercury” As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Early booking recommended. Support tbc. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417077.

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The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

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Final reminder: Important note re EE email addresses:
I understand that all email addresses @ any of the following:
Orange.net, Orangehome.co.uk, Wanadoo.co.uk, Freeserve.co.uk, Fsbusiness.co.uk, Fslife.co.uk, Fsmail.net, Fsworld.co.uk, Fsnet.co.uk
will cease to exist after the end of May 2017 and that users of these are generally being advised to use Gmail instead.
1) Do please update your email address using the 'update subscription preferences' link below to ensure that you continue to receive these e-circulars after the end of May. It would be great if you could also reply to this email to let me know you've made the change because MailChimp won't tell me.
2) If you change to Gmail, please note that Harberton Folk e-circulars may well arrive in the 'Promotions' inbox folder rather than the 'Primary' folder (if you see these separately). This is because MailChimp is a commercial email marketing tool (although fortunately free to use for relatively low-volume use such as Harberton Folk).

Nothing to do with the folk context of Cuckoos, but...
...'Devon Birds' are very keen to hear of anyone hearing or even better seeing a cuckoo. Report your own or see where cuckoos have been heard or seen at www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/cuckoos.

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Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

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Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for September
will soon be available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to have been able to seize the opportunity offered to stage a preview by Show of Hands www.showofhands.co.uk with Miranda Sykes of The Cathedrals Tour 2017, also featuring special guest Kirsty Merryn, in Harberton's village church. St Andrew's is a fine example of medieval architecture. We look forward to experiencing the lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these grand old ecclesiastical buildings. All concert proceeds to the newly formed Harberton Church Community Fund (reg. charity 1172549) for the upkeep of this impressive 14th C building and the promotion of its use for community purposes in the future.
Free parking (at Harberton Parish Hall & Playing Field). No bar, but the Church House Inn is a few steps from the church door (drinks can be taken into church) and will also be opening the kitchen early offering a limited 2-course set menu from 5.00pm to 6.30pm specially for concert goers. Meals must be prebooked.
Full details at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/soh170930.htm.
Total (fully seated) capacity is only 200, including some restricted views. At the time of writing, 47 have already gone within 2 days of ticket release.

Harberton Folk - (Please Read) Further Reminder - 180627

Ahead of my next e-circular I'm sending this special reminder directly from my laptop (and not via the MailChimp system) to all those people who have not as yet updated their 'subscription preferences' in MailChimp (following the recent introduction of the new GDPR data protection legislation) to enable me to continue sending my southern Devon folk information emails to you.

I've also been using this as an opportunity to carry out some long overdue housekeeping on my circulation list to try and ensure that only those people who wish to receive Harberton Folk circulars do so, and that those who do not will not continue to be pestered by unwanted emails in their inbox once I have finished my housekeeping work.

So do please reply to this email, particularly if you wish to remain on the Harberton Folk circulation (in accordance with the privacy policy now included on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk), and I will update your details accordingly.
NB: I will also delete you from the list immediately if that is your wish.

I'm sending this particular message in this way for several reasons:
1) Although MailChimp is very convenient (and free) for me to use, it is a commercial marketing tool and as such may sometimes be regarded as a possible source of junk/spam by some email providers and as a result my circulars may finish up in your Junk/Spam - Please do check for this if you think you're missing one or more circulars (which are usually sent one every 7 to 14 days).
(Relevant parts of recent circulars can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.)
2) I realise that some people may not actually be receiving the normal circulars, sent using MailChimp. If you've suddenly received this out of the blue after a long period of 'silence', do please reply and let me know.

Since the introduction of GDPR a month ago, after the initial rush, there has been a constant steady flow of people updating their subscription preferences to remain on the list, so I will continue to send reminders for a while yet.

Best wishes
John Culf

 

Harberton Folk - Copy of circular sent on Tuesday 10 July 2018

In all likelihood you haven't heard from me for a while, despite my best efforts, and I'm very sorry about this.
For a host of reasons in recent weeks I've only managed to get circulars out on 21/6 and 10/7, but you are probably unfortunately someone who has received neither of those. MailChimp (the commercial email marketing tool I use for the circulars) provides various statistics each time I send a circular and these tell me that 180 addresses (mostly btinternet, btopenworld, aol, yahoo, sky, rocketmail, talk21, eclipse plus a few miscellaneous, probably all of which use the overall Yahoo email platform) have ‘soft bounced’ the last two circulars and will eventually be deemed to have 'hard bounced' and then ‘cleaned’ again by MailChimp if they do so repeatedly.
Many of you re-subscribed recently after the same problem occurred a couple of months ago, and I thank you for doing so, but sadly your email providers appear to have once again taken a dislike to Harberton Folk circulars.
This is a real pain. I think all I can do for the time being at least is to simply forward a copy of each circular to these addresses directly from my laptop.
So please read on.
Thank you for your understanding.
John Culf

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Other stuff
Part Three - Two new concerts at Harberton: Belshazzar's Feast (1/12/18) and Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (23/3/19)
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

Sold out Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Phil Beer - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance £10.
Contact Anne Gill on 01803 290427 or annemgill@tiscali.co.uk to reserve seats.

Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Paul Lamb & The King Snakes - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Welcoming Paul Lamb back to the Mill, this time with his band, with a promise of a wonderful equilibrium of real blues, boogie, swing and a good time jump, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes will definitely be blowing up a storm. ‘Simply better than the opposition from whatever side of the Atlantic they come “Blues Print Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 12 July 2018 8.30pm - Kate Ferguson - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Kate Ferguson is a folk singer-songwriter from Devon. With a distinctive soprano vocal style which she accompanies with fingerstyle guitar, she is greatly influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Cara Dillon. She is a regular guest at local venues such as the B-Bar, The Old School Pelynt, The Royal Oak and the Brook Inn. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 13 July 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The return of the Kit Hillbillies with old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some darkly humorous local references. Some instrumental tasting notes: Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, double bass. Vigorous, expressive & unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Their music has been described as the sound of Woody Guthrie chasing Earl Scruggs in a stolen hay lorry. It was summed up more simply by the Guardian journalist Tim Dowling, who often writes about music: “The Kit Hillbillies: Excellent. See them soon.” Full details www.calstockarts.org.

UPDATED Friday 13 & Saturday 14 July 2018 6.30pm - Phil Beer in Concert by Candlelight - St Petrock’s Church, Clannaboroough, nr Crediton EX17 6DA
Friday sold out, just a couple of tickets left for Saturday
A rare opportunity to experience a performance by the multi talented musician Phil Beer at this very special venue by candlelight. An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. Set within the grounds of Clannaborough Barton Farm and on the Two Moors walk, St Petrock’s is one of only a few remaining Churches not to have electricity. This beautiful building will only accommodate an intimate audience (max 60). All profits will go towards The Church Wall fund. Sadly, due to restrictions on site, there is no wheel chair access. Please telephone 01363 82379 for more details. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/431843 for Saturday, or email richardsmik1@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 13 July 2018 - The People’s String Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. 'The Virtual Orchestra'. Virtuoso Violinist Ben Sutcliffe and Guitarist Zaid Al-Rikabi from The People’s String Foundation are packing their 32 piece virtual Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the it on tour with their newest album release Res Publica. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafter’s hearts. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Saturday 14 July 2018 9.30pm - The O'Marleys - Bowling Green Pub, 29-30 Blackboy Rd, Exeter EX4 6ST
4 piece band with guitar, fiddle, bodhran and banjo.

NEW Saturday 14 July 2018 7.30pm - Dartmoor folk choir - The Lost Sound, Parish Hall, 12 Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, Devon TQ13 8LL (map)
The a cappela choir's summer season continues. 'In this heart' is a beautiful collection of songs of love, joy and bravery from England, Appalachia, Haiti and more. TLS will be ending their tour at Sidmouth Folk week on Sunday Aug 5th in the Manor Garden pavilion theatre. With a newly expanded choir, a strong, natural and powerful sound, they are earning a well deserved reputation for exciting singing. " Best choir in the region" Phil Beer. Tickets £8.50 via www.thelostsound.co.uk, email info@thelostsound.co.uk or at the Newsagents Moretonhampstead - A Moreton Music Day fundraiser.

UPDATED Sunday 15 July 2018 7.45pm - Marion Fleetwood - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
As a regular member of such illustrious bands as The Phil Beer Band, Jigantics, Colvin Quarmby, Meet on the Ledge, Feast of Fiddles, Gerry Colvin Band, TRADarrr, etc, etc, Marion is no stranger to the folk world, but we're lucky to have managed to get her to perform solo for us for the first time. She is also a senior teacher of classical violin in Warwickshire. A very accomplished musician and singer. She has a voice which has been described as 'mesmerising' and 'siren-esque', and plays just about anything with a string on it (and a few more besides)!. Ashley Hutchings MBE has said she 'deserves to be ranked amongst the finest singers in this country'. https://www.facebook.com/marionfleetwoodmusician.
£10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 14 July 2018 8pm - LOSt COYOTES - Throwleigh Village Hall, Gidleigh EX20 2JA
Tickets £5 door. Dress up for Fiesta night! Bring your now nachos and tequila! More info from 07557 002622.

Sunday 15 July 2018 7.30-9.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Church House Inn, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. Free entry. Info: 07557 002622. Sunday night is pizza night at the Church House Inn.

Tuesday 17 July 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Wednesday 18 July 2018 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
On tour from New Zealand. In conjunction with Suara Sound Academy. Following his successful concert here in 2016 , Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Although this is a seated concert, you will have room to move around, toe tapping or moving to the primal sounds, feeling the beat within your heart and Soul. The dynamic performance of music will move you to the core and get you dancing on your feet. www.carnglaze.com.

20/21 July 2018 - 12th anniversary Chagstock Festival
Various genres, line-up includes Show of Hands. www.chagstock.info.

NEW Saturday 21 July 2018 - Barn Dance with Red Shed - West Town Farm, Ide nr Exeter EX2 9TG
£10 adults; £5 children - includes food, Bar. Fireside storytelling; creativity; Music; Food from 6-8pm. Dancing from 8pm. All proceeds to organicARTS the educational charaity based at West Town Farm. Tickets: info@organicarts.org.uk, 01392 811080.

UPDATED Sunday 22 July 2018 3pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band, playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 3:00pm outside on the terrace overlooking the beach. Entrance is free. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

NEW Sunday 22 July 2018 8pm - Phil Beer - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. As well being part of Show of Hands he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.Tickets £15 adv / £17 door. Available from www.topshamfolkclub.org, all enquiries 01392 875332.

Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Tuesday 24 July 2018 7.30pm - ‘Love Said To Me’ Rumi Concert - Studio 30, Park Rd, Dartington Estate, Totnes TQ9 6EF
With storyteller and spoken word artist Ellaya Ariella Ayal Mor from Israel and devotional artist Elise Yuill Cohen from the UK. ‘Love Said To Me’ weaves the powerful poignant words of Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz into songs, sounds and silence creating an unforgettable evening that will leave a deep imprint on your heart.
Ticketing details etc: www.eliseyuillcohen.com/calendar.

Wednesday 25 July 2018 7.30pm - Hank Wangford & Brad Breath - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
If Daniel O’Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, the Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 25 July 2018 - Hat Fitz & Cara - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Aussie mountain man meets beautiful Irish Colleen. Yes, it’s all been said before, but the combination of Hat Fitz’s reconstructed Delta Blues brought to you via a battered National Steel guitar, and Cara’s inventive drumming, soulful vocals, frantic washboard and haunting Irish whistle playing, makes this pair one of the most sensational duos around. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 26 July 2018 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After a sell out 2017 gig at the Mill, we are delighted to welcome back acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine who, this year will be performing outside in our courtyard. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 27 July 2018 7pm - Mark T. - Yeo Mill, West Anstey Village Hall EX36 3NU
Mark T. has been playing his unique blend of folk, blues and roots music since the mid-eighties, solo and in the company of esoteric collaborators The Brickbats, roots rock band Rootdogs and more recently with Charles Spicer (Mellstock Band). £7.

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Jeff Lang - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. John Butler has said 'Seeing Jeff Lang was like being in church for three hours - a totally sacred event, and certainly when considering Jeff Lang's music, it's easy to run out of superlatives. Influenced in equal parts by the elemental blues of Blind Willie Johnson and Skip James, the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, and the guitar of Ry Cooder and Jimi Hendrix, the Australian Weissenborn magician explores a sonic palette as eclectic as it's stunning. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 29 July 2018 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Tim Edey , a BBC Musician of the year multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with all of the major names in Irish/Roots music including The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon to name just a few… His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius. Tickets £15 door or by email from mowglimgt@gmail.com.

Sunday 29 July 2018 7.45pm - Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
What a way to finish the season before our summer closedown! Steve and Jez are two of the country's leading songwriters and instrumentalists and they combine seamlessly to provide a fabulous array of brilliant songs and outstanding musicianship. They have rightly been described as "a fearsome combination", so be sure to reserve your seat early for what promises to be a rare treat - it will undoubtedly be busy! £12.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk. (The club is closed for the month of August.)

Tuesday 31 July 2018 7.30pm - Damien O’Kane & Ron Block - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Damien and Ron will embark on their first tour together in July and August 2018. They will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians and together will play material from their debut album, due for release July 2018, as well as a few signature pieces of their own. These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

UPDATED 3-10 August 2018 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Full programme now available to download. Sign up at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk to receive regular e-newsletters.

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/week2courses.
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
The City Musick, singers and students. Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale or wine! FREE tickets from the box office in advance.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=307799.
Sunday 5 August 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=305198.
Sunday 5 August 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=304999
Thursday 9 August 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Tickets are FREE but please book. David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306801
Thursday 9 August 10pm - Pagoda Project
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306803
Friday 10 August 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306804
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 5.30pm - Reg Meuross - Parish Church, Church Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8LG
With Anna Tanvir. This year he is raising funds for Gateway, for the homeless and those who are vulnerably housed. Mark Radcliffe described Reg as a “brilliant singer songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” writing songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide-ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written, and for this reason the church and Gateway are very excited to link up with him in this way. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/441913, £12 door, £5 for Sidmouth Folk Week pass holders. All profits to Gateway Homelessness Action Group .

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 8pm - Fred’s House - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Fred’s House, winners of the Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award 2017, are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70's West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. Maverick Magazine “Harmonies soar like a nightingale recalling the very best of Poco and CSN, but this music belongs to Fred’s House ... terrific.” Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 10 August 2018 - Richard Thompson - Princess Theatre, Torquay
One of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as 'a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.' His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. This date is part of a national tour linked to the September release of his new album 13 Rivers, which features the Electric Trio – his most thrilling and adventurous band. www.atgtickets.com/shows/richard-thompson/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW 10-12 August 2018 - 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Line-up includes: Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Friday), Melrose Quartet (Saturday), Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (Sunday), Granny’s Attic, Melrose Ceilidh Band, Cardboard Fox, Flash Jack and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus. Other artists attending will be The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills and various morris and dance teams. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102, visit www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

UPDATED Close to selling out
17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter

Line-up includes Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, 3 Daft Moneys. See www.beautifuldays.org for full details.

***** Part Two - Other stuff  *****

Exmouth Folk Club news
From Jeff Lewis: The regular club night on 17th is moving for one month to the Wings Bar, Imperial rd Exmouth, 8.30pm. The 5th Tuesday concert on 31st will not be happening this month.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
(Unfortunately this is the last monthly East Devon Gig Guide from Rachel, who says:)
"This is just to let you know that I will not be compiling and sending out any more gig guides for Exmouth. It has become increasingly difficult to get information directly from both the venues and the artists. I have really enjoyed putting it together and would like to say a special thank you to Ted (always first to reply to my email!), Martin, Alison, Geoff and others who have supported the effort and to the many music loving subscribers to the gig guide. We are very lucky to live in a place with so much wonderful live music. Long may it continue. Rachel"

Exeter Ceilidhs - Advance notice of a new ceilidh series starting in December 2018
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. They are on Saturdays between 8-11pm. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. The ceilidhs will be held at the Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE.
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).
2018/2019 line-up: Dec 1 2018 :Spinach For Norman; Jan 26 2019 :Pigs Might Fly; March 2 :Bloatertown; March 23 :Dartmoor Pixie Band; April 27 :Dumbo's Feather; May 25 :Phoenix

Session news
Okehampton: Okey Folky, The Plume of Feathers, 8 Fore St. EX20 1HB (01837 52815, www.facebook.com/Okey-Folky-2052675631681435)
Last Sunday of the month, 8pm. Open folk session/club. “Everyone is welcome, singers, dancers, musicians.”

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix (from August onwards), Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie

Sunday 26 August 2018 - Eddi Reader
Monday 3 September 2018 -
Bridget St John
Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli
Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks
Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart
Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry (workshop & concert)

Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends
Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore

Friday/Saturday 7/8 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea

***** Part Three -  Two new concerts at Harberton *****

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.
We sold out all 320 seats on the 5 occasions Aly & Phil played for us at the Ariel Centre in Totnes between 2006 and 2012. We only have 190 seats in Harberton - and 67 of those are sold already. Book early!

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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